At the risk of being Honest...
Okay, I've had several e-mails, calls, and spoken conversations of people who say, how can I help? Let me tell you. I'll be honest. This isn't to stress anyone, this isn't to beg or guilt trip... this is just some honest to goodness ways you can help right now, if you're one of those people who is thinking or saying HOW CAN I HELP?
1.) Prayer - this is the most important thing and what we ask from all of you. To pray for Michael. To pray that God would sustain Mike and I. To pray that He would be with Libby, Samuel, and Ian who aren't exactly sure what's going on. To pray for healing. To pray for a safe surgery and recovery. Etc.
2.) ENCOURAGEMENT - PLEASE post on my blog some encouragement. It could be a scripture. It could just be a personal thought. It could be as short as a fragments sentence or as long as a paragraph. I know you all don't want to put your name out there... so leave an anonymous response if you want... I would just love some feedback and encouragement from those who are reading my blog. I don't care if I've known you 10 years or have never met you. I would love some encouragement. I am tired and weary and need to be reminded of truth... and we need emotional support! If you're too embarrassed to post on the blog send me an e-mail or write me a card, okay? :)
3.) Money or Gift Cards- This is the one I am least hesitant to say. I don't want your money. The truth is though with Mike staying in the ICU he's not working... not working = no money. Please don't feel pressured to give. I am not trying to make you feel guilty... this is for the people who have asked me out of desperation, what can they do or how can they help... do you understand. If God is not speaking to you about this, DO NOT DO IT.... we would much rather have your prayers and words of encouragement. And thank you for those who have given! Right now it costs extra with gas to and from the hospital. Meals at the hospital and such. Etc. You would be amazed at what a gift card for coffee does for us :) Again, no pressure. Again, if you just are like, I've got to do something... give us a couple bucks for coffee or gas for the car. And I mean it, 2 or 5 dollars.
4.) Practical helps. Do you want to wash dishes? Do you want to mow our lawn? Do you want to plant my plants that have needed to be planted for two weeks but have yet to be put in the ground because we're too busy at the hospital? Do you want to help me sort the kids toys and put them in clear storage containers? Do you want to re-organize my kitchen? Do laundry? Wash floors? Scrub a tub or toilet? My friend Rebekah J. is heading up help for us. She is my contact. I will always need help. This one just stands. Even after the hospitalization... I love the help. Come hold a baby. Come fold some clothes. Come drink some tea with me and laugh at the whirlwind of activity that surrounds us. I am so open to whatever help people want to give. and I am so thankful for people who even want to do it. And thank you to all those who have helped us.... you know who you are- you've blessed us so much- Thank you!